#sports activities LIV Golf rebels WON’T be able to return to PGA Tour, says chief Jay Monahan
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has dominated out LIV Golf rebels returning to the circuit if they’re enticed by the large improve to the prize pot he introduced Wednesday.
The PGA Tour’s prime gamers have dedicated to taking part in towards one another no less than 20 occasions a yr, whereas the bonus pool for the Player Impact Programme (PIP) has been doubled to $100million.
The 20 occasions are made up of the 4 majors, the Players Championship, 12 ‘elevated’ tournaments on the PGA Tour – with a median purse of $20million – and three different occasions chosen by the gamers.
Players are additionally assured minimal earnings of $500,000, which might be taken up entrance by rookies, whereas lower-ranked gamers will obtain a journey stipend of $5,000 for every missed minimize.
Asked if LIV Golf gamers who have been impressed by the adjustments and needed to return would have their suspensions lifted, Monahan mentioned: ‘No.
Jay Monahan informed LIV Golf rebels they won’t be able to return to the PGA Tour after quitting
Rory McIlroy was within the room to pay attention to the PGA Tour commissioner’s press convention
‘They’ve joined the LIV Golf Series they usually’ve made that dedication. For most of them, they’ve made multi-year commitments.
‘As I’ve been clear all through, each participant has a selection, and I respect their selection, however they’ve made it. We’ve made ours. We’re going to proceed to deal with the issues that we management and get stronger and stronger.’
‘As it relates to any of the situations for LIV gamers and coming again, I’ll remind you that we’re in a lawsuit,’ he added. ‘They’ve sued us. I believe speaking about any hypotheticals at this level does not make quite a lot of sense.’
The Tour chief then went on to reward the product his sequence is providing within the wake of LIV Golf’s launch with high-profile tournaments in each the US and the UK.
The likes of Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez (L-R) have defected
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‘Our prime gamers are firmly behind the Tour, serving to us ship an unmatched product to our followers, who will be all however assured to see the very best gamers competing towards one another in 20 occasions or extra all through the season,’ Monahan mentioned.
‘This is a rare and unprecedented dedication, a testomony to who these guys are and what they imagine in.’
For the 2022-23 season, a ‘prime participant’ will be those that end within the prime 20 underneath the present PIP and gamers who end within the prime 20 underneath the revised standards of web searches, common consciousness, golf fan consciousness, media mentions and broadcast publicity.
The Tour’s announcement got here only a week after Tiger Woods flew to Delaware forward of the BMW Championship to lead a players-only assembly, with Rory McIlroy additionally a key determine.
‘It was wonderful to have Tiger within the room due to his affect, however all these gamers in that room purchased into the imaginative and prescient that Tiger and I and others have give you,’ McIlroy mentioned.
McIlroy (proper) revealed he spoke to Cameron Smith on the Open about leaving for LIV
‘It’s not as if we did this as a renegade group. We saved Jay privy to all these form of discussions so he might attempt to make some strikes internally to attempt to get stuff taking place fairly shortly.
‘We’ve all made a dedication to get collectively extra typically to make the product extra compelling. I believe for those who’re attempting to promote a product to TV and to sponsors and to attempt to get as many eyeballs on skilled golf as doable, you want to no less than let folks know what they’re tuning in for.
‘When I tune right into a Tampa Bay Buccaneers recreation I anticipate to see Tom Brady throw a soccer. When I tune right into a Formula 1 race I anticipate to see Lewis Hamilton in a automobile.’
Whether the adjustments achieve stopping extra gamers from becoming a member of LIV stays to be seen, with Open champion Cameron Smith amongst these closely linked with becoming a member of the Saudi-backed breakaway subsequent week.
McIlroy spoke to Smith two days after ending third behind the Australian at St Andrews, including: ‘I do not care in the event that they go away or not, it is not going to make a distinction to me, however I might no less than like folks to decide that’s fully knowledgeable and know that is what’s coming down the pipeline.
McIlroy shakes fingers with Monahan on the day the latter introduced enormous prize will increase
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‘I’ve at all times mentioned guys can do no matter they need. Sometimes I do not assume some guys made these choices primarily based on having all of the info in entrance of them.’
Six-time main winner Phil Mickelson joined LIV Golf forward of its first occasion in June, having beforehand accused the PGA Tour of ‘obnoxious greed’ and claiming they may finish any menace from rival leagues by giving media rights to the gamers.
Asked if there was any reality in Mickelson’s criticisms, McIlroy mentioned: ‘Yeah, as a lot as I most likely don’t need to give Phil any form of credit score in any respect, there have been sure factors that he was attempting to make.
‘But there is a approach to go about them. There’s a approach to collaborate. You get all the highest gamers on the planet collectively and also you get them on the identical web page. You then go to the Tour and also you recommend concepts and you’re employed collectively. This was pure collaboration.
‘As I mentioned, this is not some form of renegade group attempting to take some form of energy seize of the PGA Tour. This is, okay, how can we make this Tour higher for everybody that is going to play on it now and everybody that is going to play on the PGA Tour going ahead.
‘Were a few of these (Mickelson’s) concepts, did they’ve benefit? Of course they did. But he simply did not method it the fitting approach.’
McIlroy additionally revealed some particulars of his new three way partnership with Woods, which can see six, three-man groups compete indoors in a ‘high-tech golf league’ on Monday evenings. The 18-hole contests, beginning in January 2024, will take simply two hours to full.
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